Clark Zlotchew

Selected Works

Fiction: Short Stories
FINALIST for NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS 2011. See: Seventeen narratives of love and death, hope and despair, adventure at sea, adolescent angst, Borges and the mystery of the American writer with three names, Havana on the eve of the Castro Revolution, race relations in the Deep South during the lost civilization of the 1950s.
Espionage/Thriller Novel
Political intrigue, violent action and suspense in the little-known and volatile region of the Russian North Caucasus: Daghestan.
Literary Interviews
Author's English version of his Spanish-language interviews with J.L. Borges and seven other writers in Buenos Aires and Montevideo plus interviews with three Argentine-born Israeli writers who still write and publish in Spanish.
Translation of Interview
Seven Conversations between Argentine writer, Fernando Sorrentino, and Jorge Luis Borges, one of the best known and most admired writers of the 20th Century.
Curso de creacion literaria/Creative Writing Course
Este libro se dirige a escritores y estudiantes hispanohablantes y a estudiantes avanzados de espanol que quieran mejorar sus escritos.
Literary Criticism
A tracing of the earliest thought patterns in the writings of Galdos, and of the manner in which this author creates literature out of instinctual drives and unconscious psychic material.
The term "Magic Realism" is used a great deal, although there is no agreement as to its meaning. This book attempts to arrive at some definition of the term by studying the works and opinions of several 20th-Century Latin American writers.
Spanish Language Instruction
"Well, this book is the language book of my dreams! A light has gone on!" (From an Amazon reviewer signing as "A Customer")
Spanish Grammar Reference
“The serious student of Spanish will find this is the only book he/she needs.” (excerpt from Amazon reviewer Bonny Neeley)

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Clark M. Zlotchew and his wife Marilyn live in rural Chautauqua County in Western New York State.

Dr. Zlotchew joined the U.S. Naval Reserve at age 17 as Apprentice Seaman, and received an Honorable Discharge as Chief Petty Officer at age 36.

He has traveled widely on five continents and has had a highly diverse set of careers, ranging from sales/​production liaison for the export department of a large liquor manufacturer in New York to coordinating an educational program for Spanish-speaking seasonal workers in rural N.Y. State to teaching Spanish in high school in New Jersey, and at several universities.

He earned the Ph.D. in Romance Languages & Literatures from SUNY Binghamton.

In 2008 he was honored by the State University of New York by being promoted to the rank of SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Spanish.

SHORT FICTION IN PERIODICALS: Zlotchew's short stories have been published in his Spanish and English versions in the U.S. and Latin America. One story, in both the English and Spanish versions, has been published on the Internet. One of the stories was translated from his Spanish version into Italian by an Italian Hispanist and published in a Milan magazine.

BOOKS: He has had 17 books published.


Translations from Spanish of short stories and poetry by Nobel Laureates; Interviews with Borges and 10 other Latin-American writers; Literary Criticism of Spanish and Latin-American authors and books teaching Spanish at various levels.


TALON Force: Dire Straits (military/​action novel) under pseudonym Cliff Garnett), 2001.

Once Upon a Decade: Tales of the Fifties, 2010 (short-story collection)(FINALIST in the NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS, Short-Story Category, 2011)

The Caucasian Menace, 2010 (espionage/​thriller).

ARTICLE ON ZLOTCHEW: Below is most of an article from THE BUFFALO NEWS in 2004 about being in places in “interesting times”:

Published on August 15, 2004
Author: Louise Continelli - NEWS STAFF REPORTER
© The Buffalo News Inc.

Call him Indiana Jones of Western New York.

Clark Zlotchew, former chief petty officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve's security section, has "a knack for being in places during interesting times, the right place at the wrong time," admits the Fredonia State College professor. In his case, some might define "interesting" as in the Chinese curse: "May you have an interesting life." Some escapade examples where Zlotchew turned up:

In Cuba, during Castro's revolution.

In Haiti, under "Papa Doc" Duvalier's reign in the early 1960s, when Zlotchew narrowly missed being shot by a guard at the presidential palace.

In Morocco, when there was an attempt on the life of King Hassan. Zlotchew's bus "was stopped by an automatic weapon-toting man in a pinstriped suit," he says, "and six rifle-bearing soldiers."

In Israel, during the Scud missile attacks from Iraq in 1991.
Before Zlotchew left Israel, he spent a few sleepless nights in sealed rooms wearing a gas mask and had a chance to learn first-hand how people feel when they face the serious threat of a bombing...

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"When I was younger, my friends and I were looking for adventure.

"During the Cuban revolution [when I was in Cuba], we knew Castro was back in the hills, and that was exciting," says Zlotchew, who also has taught English to migrant workers in Batavia.

[Referring to thrillers) "Most people aren't anxious to experience danger and violence in real life, but many enjoy reading about it for the same reason they watch horror movies: to experience vicariously the thrill of danger."

An adventurous academic is not a contradiction in terms.

"Just look at Indiana Jones," Zlotchew quips. All he needs is the hat.

This Spanish professor has put his adventures to good use in a lucky 13 volumes*, including literary criticism, and translations from Spanish, and interviews with Latin-American writers. His most recent works are the self-help text, "Macmillan Teach Yourself Spanish in 24 Hours," and the military thriller, "TALON Force: Dire Straits" under the pen name Cliff Garnett. There, he predicted the rise of Osama bin Laden before Sept. 11, 2001...

When he's not traveling, he unwinds by playing guitar and listening to classical music.
END of Buffalo News Article.

*PLEASE NOTE: The article above was published in The Buffalo News in 2004. 

ADDENDA: Since that time Zlotchew has had four more books published, for a total of 17 books, as well as a Second Edition of Alpha Teach Yourself Spanish in 24 Hours (Macmillan changed to Alpha in Second Edition) and a new edition of his translation, Seven Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges.